Shakespeare’s Globe Ultimate Guide
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is one of the most famous theatres in the world. It is built on the site that the bard’s plays would have been performed centuries ago, and now hosts an array of exciting and innovative interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays. Check out our Shakespeare’s Globe Ultimate Guide to find out more!
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is dedicated to the performance and exploration of Shakespeare’s plays. The original theatre was built in 1599 but was destroyed by a fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, then demolished during the Civil War in 1644. It was constructed on what was then the outskirts of the city: inhabiting a liminal space between the civil society of the town and the lawless depravity of the countryside. This is a reflection of playmaking itself, which was viewed less as an art-form, and more as a dangerous means of rabble rousing. The modern Globe Theatre was reconstructed in 1997, with patronage from the legendary actor and director, Sam Wanamaker. It is situated about 230 metres away from the original site. You can book daily tours around the theatre or go along to watch a show. We would highly recommend the Swan Bar and Restaurant next door for a meal and drink whilst digesting the show afterwards.
Open Daily 9am-5pm
Southwark Station, (Jubilee Line, 600 metres away), Blackfriars Station, (District and Circle Line, 800 metres away, across Blackfriars Bridge)
Routes 45, 63, and 100 on Blackfriars Bridge Road.
Routes RV1 and 381 on Southwark Street.
(We would recommend public transport since its much easier.)
Union Car Park, (020 7357 6799), 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU